I’m sure like me many of you are absolutely thrilled that the MTG Hawke’s Bay is reopening next month.
Now that the remedial work for the whole building is complete, the team is busy reinstalling exhibitions ready for the reopening on 24th July.
It’s going to be a good day for families, with plenty of activities and performances planned. I hope to see you there.
At the three-day hearing earlier this month, it was wonderful to hear from more than 60 submitters in person, some of them newcomers to the process, including a number of our local youth. Good on you for taking the time to meet with us!
Our Councillors too are invested in keeping Napier a fantastic place to live and visit.
Through the 700-plus submissions to the draft Long Term Plan 2021-31, members of our community have shown they are not shy about giving us feedback.
This is always a careful, considered process, delving into the detail of what community members, local organisations and ourselves at council propose, what’s possible over the coming years, and the social, community and financial implications.
As we all know after what happened in 2020, what we shared as a community and as a nation, it pays to be prepared for change. We can only plan using what we know at a given point in time.
At the hearing, we covered key water supply projects, upgrading our drinking water network to meet the new regulations, with the possibility of taking additional steps in the future to move towards a chlorine-free supply. The proposed Ahuriri Regional Park and community facility based in Maraenui, Te Pihinga, were touched upon as were community concerns about housing, community safety and traffic safety.
One project, which has remained an important talking point for many of you, is the Napier Library. Soon you, the community, will have a chance to have your say on our plans for the Civic area. The city block currently occupied by the former Civic building and Library.
Staff have met with mana whenua, the arts and culture community, youth, seniors and others to gather feedback for our plans for the area. It’s due to go out for wider consultation soon.
This will be the first of several major projects we’ll be discussing with you, as a community, over the rest of the year.
We’re threading a new spiral wound PVC wastewater pipe inside the old concrete one. This will solve issues with damaged pipes without the need to dig an open trench. We expect this work to be finished by August. The wastewater network will operate as normal throughout the project.
We’re upgrading some of our water mains to ensure they continue to meet fire-fighting requirements as our population grows. Bay View and Westshore will be the first areas to be upgraded. This work is expected to start in August. The budget is $2.5 million and comes from the Government’s Three Waters Reform Fund.
Manganese in our water source reacts with chlorine to discolour the water. High on our priority list is exploring potential new bores at Awatoto and Taradale that could supply water with lower manganese levels. This has a $2 million budget, provided through the Government Three Waters Reform Fund.
Mainly they are water assets. The housing units for our water equipment come in many shapes and sizes, but it’s the technology inside that’s really clever. Some contain valves that change the pressure of the water from what comes out of the bore to what goes into households. Some have pumps inside that move stormwater from the city network out to the Ahuriri Estuary.
We are making sure residents know a bit more about them by putting up signs explaining what’s inside. The kids might think they are homes for gnomes but you can now tell them they are something far more interesting: homes for water works!
Douglas Mclean Ave Pressure Reducing Valve - this valve reduces pressure from the Awatoto bore pump to a safe level before the water reaches households.
Taradale Road Wastewater Pump Station - this station transfers wastewater to the Awatoto Treatment Plant. One of three major wastewater stations, it also provides backup for the Latham Street Pump Station.
Georges Drive Stormwater Pump Station - this pump station is in the old Tūtaekurī riverbed. It takes stormwater out to sea via the Ahuriri Estuary.
Ensuring spectators have the best experiences at McLean Park is one of the key focuses for recently appointed manager Dan Rodden.
“People love to watch sports, they’re great supporters here. Our role is to make that experience great, whether we win or not. We need to make sure the service is to the highest standard, so they don’t want to stay home to watch a game, they want to come here.”
McLean Park is nationally renowned for its amazing cricket pitches, hosts several international matches a year, and has been a great home for the Central Stags. It also hosts local favourites the Magpies, the current Ranfurly Shield holders, and internationally important matches, such as the recent Hurricanes and Force clash.
What about concerts in future? “We’re in a better position now to look at additional types of events. When it happens, hopefully in the near future, we’ll need the public to support it.”
As the former General Manager of Pettigrew Green Arena, Dan has noticed the differences between running indoor and outdoor facilities.
He would like to increase the workforce - both paid and voluntary – a streamlined behind-the-scenes crew is crucial to events being run successfully.
Following study at the NZ Institute of Sport, Dan worked as an events coordinator for Sport Manawatu, and became a personal trainer
He moved to Australia for four years with his now wife Jaimiee, again working as a personal trainer and worked stints on the Australian University Games, Australia’s biggest annual multi-sport event. They returned to Hawke’s Bay several years ago.
Dan is from a sports-mad family, has played cricket and rugby to senior level, and coached rugby for several years since finishing playing. These days his coaching is of a different kind, for the Taradale Kindy Rippa team, which includes daughter Poppy, four. Six-year-old son Cruz plays 6th grade at Taradale as well.
Fully utilising the facility, not only the playing surface but including the Rodney Green Centennial Events Centre once it reopens, is very important in this role.
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